Hawk Talk

January 11-15, 2021

A Message from the Principal

Hobby Family,

We are committed to doing all we can to keep staff and students healthy and safe. With this goal in mind, we are pleased to share that we will be taking part in a statewide program offering rapid tests for use in schools. This program will allow NISD to test both symptomatic individuals and reduce the risk to our school community. This communication offers further information on the tests and the testing program.


What COVID-19 tests are used in this program?

This program uses BinaxNOW tests, which provide results in 15 minutes and are administered using a nasal swab in the front area of the nostril. If your child’s test results are negative, but they are symptomatic, a medical evaluation with an alternative diagnosis and/or negative PCR test is still necessary if you wish to have your child return to school prior to the 10 day isolation period.


Who will be tested?

With parent permission the test will be administered to an individual who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and attending school for in person learning.


How will the information from the tests be used?

If a parent has given permission for Hobby Middle School to administer the BinaxNOW test for their child, your child’s school will call you to let you know that your student is experiencing symptoms and that they will be administering a BinaxNOW test. The test administrator will also call to share the results after the test has been administered.

The results will also be shared with the NISD and with the local health department to allow for public health reporting and contact tracing and to determine the stay-at-home period for individuals who test positive. Additionally, the total number of positive tests per school will also be shared with the Texas Department of State Health Services as is required by law.

If you have additional questions, you can contact Tracy Solis our campus nurse at tracy.solis@nisd.net.


Praise, Promote & Protect.

As always, You Matter!


Lawrence Carranco

Principal

Hobby Hawk Habit for the Week of January 11, 2021

The Hobby Hawk Habit of the week is: From time to time, you will be expected to walk in a line. This might happen when your class goes to another room or during a fire drill. Walk in a single file, with your arms at your side. Face forward at all times, and do not talk.

Important Hobby Dates

No name calling week

Jan 11- College Shirt Day

Jan 12- Hobby Course Information Night @6pm

Jan 13 - Early dismissal at 12:40/ Girls BBall game @ 5pm

Jan 14- Boys Basketball game @ 5pm

Jan 15- Spirit Shirt Day

Jan 18 - MLK Day (school holiday)

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Second quarter report cards

Report cards will be available after 4:00 pm on Monday Jan. 11, 2021

Academic report cards for the second grading period of the school year will be available in the Home Access Center (HAC) after 4 PM Jan. 11, 2021. Specific directions for accessing the report can be found on the parent tab of our District website.

Parents will be encouraged to review their child's second quarter grades with them and to reach out to campus staff with any concerns. Specifically, if a child is not being successful in a virtual learning mode, options may exist for an earlier return to in-person learning if sufficient space exists at their home campus.

To log in to HAC or to create an account, parents can visit our HAC Quick Start guide.

Health Information from the Nurse

-Hearing and Vision took place for all in person 7th graders January 5th.

-Scoliosis testing is currently being completed for all 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys.

If you are a virtual learner please contact the clinic to schedule an appointment for both of these tests or if you have a doctor's results those can be sent as well.

- 6th and 7th grade immunizations needed: 1 TDAP and 1 MCV4. Usually students receive these shots when they are 11 . If your student has these immunizations please email a copy/photo to my email as soon as possible so your student is not delinquent.

Contact info: Tracy.Solis@nisd.net or 210-397-6309

Lifetouch Pictures

Pictures were distributed through PE, Dance, Athletics and Healthy Habits classes on Thursday, January 7th. If you are a virtual learner who purchased pictures stop by the main office window to pick up your pictures from 8-4pm.


If you miss your opportunity to purchase your child’s pictures, there is still time to order to cherish this school year’s pictures by clicking on the Picture Day Informational Flyer.


Counselor's Corner

A & AB Honor Roll Recognition-1st & 2nd 9 weeks Hooray! Let’s celebrate our A and AB Honor Roll Students for the 1st and 2nd 9 weeks. Our Virtual Learners will be recognized on Wednesday, January 13 from 2-6 pm in front of our school. During this time students can pick up their ribbon and take a selfie in front of our backdrop. Students will need to check their Counselor’s Schoology page to see if they are being recognized. In Person Learners will be recognized on Friday, January 15 during their lunch. During this time students can pick up their ribbon and take a selfie in front of our backdrop. Students will need to check their Counselor’s Schoology page to see if they are being recognized. Help us inform our students that there will be another recognition for the 3rd 9 weeks so remind them to keep working hard.

No name calling week


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Parents of 8th grade students currently in Spanish 2

Any students interested in taking Spanish 3 Pre-AP Dual next year as a Freshman at Clark High School. Please check your Spanish Schoology folder for time sensitive information.

Clark Dual Credit Q & A Parent Session (via Zoom)

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021

07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://nisd-net.zoom.us/j/89980052584


Special Ed Information for Parents

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Hobby Spirit Night

PTA is hosting a Spirit Night to benefit the Hobby Food Pantry and Jack C Jordan Scholarship Fund. Help us "Do Good" for our school community on Wednesday, January 20th from 4-8pm at Chipotle in Huebner Oaks. Order online for pick up with our fundraiser code! Thank you for supporting PTA!
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Virtual Learning Support Website


Academic report cards for the second grading period of the school year will be available in the Home Access Center (HAC) after 4 PM Jan. 8, 2021. Specific directions for accessing the report can be found on the parent tab of our District website.


To log in to HAC or to create an account, parents can visit our HAC Quick Start guide.


Parents and students can access help with all things Schoology HERE

N-Genius- Help with Devices

Northside now has N-genius, a “Geek-Squad” located at the Kelly Smith Technology Center

to support student issues with the school issued technology. Therefore, Hobby will no longer swap out chromebooks. If a student’s Chromebook is damaged or malfunctions, contact the student hotline at (210) 397-0020 to schedule an Ngenius appointment. If needed, while the Chromebook is under repair, Hobby will issue a loaner Ipad so the student can access Schoology and be marked present in their classes.

Secondary Online Student Homework Support

Secondary Online Student Homework Support provided free of charge to all NISD students after hours and weekends. Our goal is to assist students with Schoology Support and in the academic content areas of Reading/ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and/or Spanish. A certified Teacher Tutor will provide assistance to your child via video conferencing, screen share, or chat.


The Online Student Homework Support hours are:


Monday - Thursday

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Elementary)

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Secondary)

Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (All Levels)

Sunday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (All Levels)


Students will be able to access the link in HAC under the school links tab, and in the students NISD portal that signifies Student Homework Support.

JOIN THE P.T.A.!

Be sure to join our amazing P.T.A. and support all of the great things that they do for our school. The link to join is HERE. Remember when registering that we are William P. Hobby Middle School

Thank you in advance for helping us do great things!

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